Jul 13, 2007
The collective conversation: work in progress
Right now, the great, the good and all the rest are gathered in Minneapolis, MN, for the 49th annual meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). Here at medicalphysicsweb, meanwhile, we're getting ready to break out the bubbly to toast the site's first birthday. In the 12 months since we went live (at the AAPM annual meeting in Orlando, FL), the enthusiastic response among our fast-growing membership suggests that medicalphysicsweb has struck a chord with its mix of daily news, analysis and commentary spanning diagnostic imaging, radiation/particle therapy, nuclear medicine and biomedical optics.
The priority this end is to build on that solid foundation and come up with new, must-read services for our readers. From a publishing perspective, the commitment we made to readers at launch still holds strong. For starters, it's our hope that medicalphysicsweb will play some small part in further encouraging the spirit of multidisciplinary collaboration that has come to define the medical physics community. Put simply, medicalphysicsweb is here to make your job easier. Whether you're a hospital physicist, a clinician, a university researcher or an industry engineer, our aim is to give you the inside track on the fundamental science, emerging technologies and clinical applications that will ultimately underpin future advances in patient diagnosis and treatment.
With this in mind, we're continually looking for ways to enhance the content offering - and not just online but offline as well. A case in point is the medicalphysicsweb review, a special print supplement that will be available to conference delegates and exhibitors at the AAPM meeting in Minneapolis. We're expecting plenty of demand, so be sure to get along to the IOP Publishing booth (1241) at the exhibition to pick up your free copy.
Whether you're attending the AAPM meeting or not, though, you can still keep in touch with the buzz from Minneapolis via medicalphysicsweb's Main Event blog. Tami Freeman, our industry editor, and Michelle Jeandron, our science and technology reporter, will be filing daily posts on the blog to keep readers informed about the hot topics from the AAPM scientific sessions, as well as the pick of the latest technology innovations featuring at the trade exhibition. There are regular previews of the show being posted on the blog in the week leading up to the show.
Join the club
If you're a newcomer to medicalphysicsweb and its related products, then the next step is to sign up as a member. Membership gives you and your colleagues a number of benefits: access to premium-content articles that are not generally available; a weekly newswire delivered direct to your desk; and the facility to register your opinion on breaking stories. If you work in industry, membership gives you a free corporate listing in our company directory, as well as the opportunity to post new product information in our Products and Services channel. Membership is free of charge and will take just a few minutes of your time when you click on the link, top right of this page.
One final point: medicalphysicsweb is as much your website as it is ours. As part of our ongoing development work, we'd love to get your feedback on what we could be doing better for you in terms of content delivery and site functionality. If you've got any constructive suggestions, even if you want to have a rant, just click on the commenting tool at the end of this article. Alternatively, you can drop me a note in confidence at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the author
Joe McEntee is Editor of medicalphysicsweb.